Review: Golden Time, Episode 14: Ladies Talk

 

Review:

This episode was pretty much a perfect split. The first half focused on some slight plot advancement (emphasis on slight), while the second half was completely character-centered.

We start out with Banri and 2D-kun having a phone conversation about hanging out. Obviously, I’m not going to outline the whole plot, but from there Koko gets involved, and the three end up outside of Oka’s house, spying to see if a certain character shows up. In this, we get to see Koko go full-on stalker, and it has to make you wonder why Banri isn’t creeped out by the whole spectacle. In the end, it results in giving us a bit more information about Oka’s situation, and, though Koko won’t admit it, potentially strengthening the bond between the two female characters. Shortly after, we have a scene where two characters are observed to be together, quite unexpectedly, which I speculate may have revealed Oka’s feelings for a certain character. Man, writing to intentionally keep things vague is kind of a pain.

Anyway, that’s the general idea of the first half. Fairly amusing and enjoyable, in the end. The second half, as I said before, is more character-centered, and in my opinion is a mixed bag. On the one hand, we get to see a lot more interaction between Koko and Oka, with Koko opening up to Oka about some of her insecurities in her relationship with Banri. Granted, I suppose this isn’t anything new–Koko has kind of been insecure for a while, but Banri certainly doesn’t help that. On the other hand, a large portion of this section has Koko in a skimpy bikini (more so the top than the bottoms). If you watched the episode preview at the end of episode 13, then you know what I’m talking about. It sort of detracts from one’s enjoyment of the show when half of your attention has to be on avoiding looking at Koko/holding your hand up to shield certain parts of the screen. In the end, I don’t know that the whole interaction was entirely necessary, especially given what Koko was wearing (and the variety of angles that they chose to show her in), but if nothing else I suppose the scene near the end of this section as kind of cute. Essentially, Oka seems to help Koko loosen up a bit (thankfully while wearing a much more concealing bathing suit). At the end of the episode, we get a brief scene with Banri, Yana, and Ghost Banri that doesn’t really do much except to strengthen the mystery of Yana’s relationship with another character.

All-in-all, I’d say the first half was worth the watch, and the second half you could probably throw away without missing much. Of course, I wouldn’t even say that much if Koko had been wearing proper attire, but I really don’t think the conversation between her and Oka really revealed much we didn’t know in the first place. Maybe I’m wrong and am overlooking the input that Oka had, but Koko’s attire during the majority of the exchange is just off-putting, unless you don’t mind pointless fanservice.

A Christian Perspective:

At this point, you should already know what I’m going to say: Koko’s bikini. She spends a decent portion of the episode’s second half (plus the in-between still) in that bathing bikini, and the animators show her at a variety of angles in it. I probably could have given even more details about angles in the N/S/F section below, but I think you get the drift. Granted, they never show full-on nudity, even when the girls are changing bathing suits (I think the worst you see is a portion of one of their sides, with nothing inappropriate even in view), but it really served no purpose. The second half could just as easily have been done with Koko in a different swimsuit, or in actual clothing. The scene where she loses her top was also completely pointless (granted you don’t see anything, except for a bit of cleavage, or under-cleavage, which you could see even before her top fell off), and I honestly can’t fathom why it was included. Really, the worst part was the top of the bikini. The bottom, as far as I could tell, wasn’t too bad–at least, no worse than a standard bikini bottom–although Oka did point out that Koko was wearing a thong. From what I could tell, it seemed like she was wearing the thong under the bikini bottom, not that the bikini bottom itself was a thong, but I didn’t exactly go out of my way to check in-depth or to pull my hand down from blocking the screen.

If sexual sin is at all a problem for you, then you may very well want to avoid the second half of this episode, or at least watch with someone who will keep you accountable by making sure you do something to shield your eyes from Koko.

Content Guide:

Language: None, unless we count one use of “h*ck” as a vulgarity

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: In the still picture during the middle of the episode (roughly eleven and a half minutes in), Koko is shown in a rather skimpy bikini; Koko is shown in a one-piece bathing suit that shows cleavage; Koko is shown in the same skimpy bikini from the still shot during the episode, from various angles; at one point, Koko’s bikini top falls down, although you don’t actually see anything besides some cleavage, which you could actually see prior to the fall down (the camera angle is low, and more focused on Koko’s stomach); there’s one point where Koko sort of gets in Oka’s face, and the camera is fairly focused on her cleavage, with the following shot being from behind (Koko is on her hands and knees); There is some cleavage shown when Koko is first shown in the school swimsuit, ditto in another scene

Violence: None

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Oka-chan makes some crude comments (especially considering her character) regarding her interpretation that Koko is trying to get Banri to sleep with her

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